§ Dame Jill Knight
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what has been the total number of optical appliances vouchers redeemed in Scotland in each year since 1986; and what was the total cost of the optical appliances voucher scheme in Scotland each year since 1986.
§ Mr. Stewart
The information requested on optical appliances vouchers in Scotland is in the table. The information is for vouchers issued through the general ophthalmic services.
Optical vouchers and repair/replacement vouchers redeemed in Scotland Year Number of vouchers redeemed1 Cost of redeeming vouchers £ million 1986–87 2— 3.718 1987–88 350,479 6.332 1988–89 317,645 6.747 1989–90 315,266 6.990 1990–91 337,073 8.566 1991–92 410,935 10.596 1992–93 431,956 3— 1 Analysis is made from payments made by health boards in Scotland to ophthalmic medical practitioners (OMPs) and ophthalmic opticians (OOs). 2 Information on the current collection basis for 1986–87 is not centrally available. 3 Not yet available.